PISCATAWAY, NJ — School will begin in a few short weeks, and for homeless or at-risk children, supplies needed to be ready for the academic year can be difficult to get.

The Shawls4Shelters Foundation hopes to alleviate this issue by collecting school supplies for homeless children in need.

In a recent press release, the organization announced the launch of their new event, a Back to School Drive for the Homeless.

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The organization is requesting new or gently used school supplies such as pens, pencils, markers, crayons, notebooks, backpacks, books, folders, laptops, iPads, and any other related supplies. All supplies will be refurbished and sent to homeless children along with notes of encouragement.

Drop-off boxes are set up at the following locations in Piscataway:

1. Canterbury Community - Near Pool/Tennis Courts

2. Fairway Condos - Masters Blvd

3. Birch Glen Condominium - Near Community Center

The organization is also accepting monetary donation online for the cause.

Anyone that would like to join the cause and fundraise/collect supplies in their own neighborhood can contact the Shawls4Shelters Foundation for a starter kit and for more information.

The Shawls4Shelters Foundation is a youth-led organization committed to helping the homeless population by providing assistance and advocacy.  For more information, visit their website shawls4shelters.org, or if you have any questions about the Back to School Drive event, email the organization at shawls4shelters@outlook.com

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